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Sanctuary Cities Case: Sessions v. California Lawyers

In President Trump's war on immigration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions may go down in history as his greatest weapon.

One day, Trump is calling the attorney general a cartoon character. The next, Trump's main lawyer is calling out California for frustrating the president's policy.

If it comes down to a contest between White House lawyers and California lawyers, you might want to lay down your bets soon. Sessions, and Trump for that matter, might not make it to the playoffs.

The state of California is facing a very real lawsuit over the very questionable existence of Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch. The lawsuit is seeking that the state acknowledge the existence of Sasquatch as it both causes Bigfoot researchers, like the plaintiff, to suffer reputational harm, as well as endangers the public.

The plaintiff believes that the Sasquatch can be dangerous. Researchers claim one can weigh as much as 800 pounds, also, as we learned from Harry and the Hendersons, living with a Sasquatch can be fraught with risks.

For California lawyers, defending individuals on criminal marijuana charges was already a rare event. However, over the past two decades, medical marijuana businesses kept some lawyers busy.

But now that marijuana is legal for recreational purposes in the state, more lawyers will undoubtedly be needed to help the new pot shops keep on the legal side of selling pot. Below, you can find a few resources to help you help your legal weed selling clients in California.

Across the state of California, local and state lawmakers have quite a few hurdles left to jump before the January 1, 2018 deadline imposed by Proposition 64. Basically, the law required the state to set up the framework to issue licenses by that time, and as we get closer, more and more problems are creeping up. Surprisingly, none are due to inactivity or laziness.

Come January 1, the state will be required to start issuing licenses to businesses that wish to sell marijuana for recreational purposes. But because of the regulatory problems, it is likely that the first wave of licenses issued will be temporary licenses.

California bankruptcy practitioners, experienced and new: you know that keeping up with the changes to the bankruptcy code and case law is no simple task. Luckily, one of the most popular publishers of California legal practice guides and reference materials, The Rutter Group, is offering an evening seminar in both Northern and Southern California to get you up-to-date: Recent Developments and Hot Topics in Bankruptcy. (Disclosure: The Rutter Group is FindLaw's sister company.)

The seminar will not only walk you through the big changes coming to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Forms on December 1, 2017, but it will also review the recent Ninth Circuit and Supreme Court decisions that impact California bankruptcies. This is a "do-not-miss" event for bankruptcy practitioners in the state as each program will have local federal bankruptcy judges as panelists providing critical practice pointers.

If you're a legal practitioner in California dealing in the insurance sphere, you'll want to make sure you're not left behind by recent legal and market developments. As the law changes and crystallizes, and as the market demands new products for new risks, California lawyers need to stay up-to-date.

Thankfully, that's not difficult to do. An upcoming program by the Rutter Group, Cutting-Edge Insurance Trends, promises to help attorneys keep current on insurance litigation trends and stay ahead of the insurance law curve. (Disclosure: The Rutter Group is FindLaw's sister company.)

Jeff Bezos sold his first book on way back in 1995. (It was a copy of 'Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought' -- not exactly a best seller.) A decade later, Amazon topped a hundred billion dollars in revenue, fueled by the sale of everything from toilet paper to washing machines (and yes, books on computer modeling, too). It's not just Amazon that's benefited from online ordering. Spending on e-Commerce is expected to surpass more than $2 trillion in sales in the near future.

With e-Commerce exploding, litigation over e-Commerce disputes is also increasing. But e-Commerce litigation isn't like any other commercial litigation. It presents unique challenges, issues that you won't often encounter in lawsuits involving "brick and mortar" commerce. Thankfully, the Rutter Group's "Traversing the Challenges of e-Commerce Litigation in Federal Court" can help you identify important issues and avoid common pitfalls in internet-based commercial litigation. (Disclosure: The Rutter Group is part of Thomson Reuters, FindLaw's parent company.)

California lawyers, it's that time of year again: time to settle your account with the bar. Annual membership fees are due by March 1st. The deadline for reporting MCLE compliance is also fast approaching, if you're an attorney with a last name beginning with letters N-Z.

Don't expect the bar to send you a bill in the mail, however. For the first time, the California Bar Association is requiring members to pay through the state bar's website. And that's not the only change this year.

Los Angeles Representative Xavier Becerra is one step closer to becoming the state's next attorney general, having earned the endorsement of a special Assembly panel yesterday.

Becerra won the panel's approval after a two-hour hearing on Tuesday, during which he pledged to defend state policies that clashed with the incoming presidential administration and declared that "Everyone -- and I mean everyone -- who plays by California's rules deserves to know: 'We've got your back.'"

Meeting your Continuing Legal Education requirements can sometimes feel like a chore -- but MCLE doesn't have to be pain. (Really, we promise!) A good MCLE program isn't just informative and educational, it also gives you the chance to network with colleagues and rub elbows with some of the state's leading lawyers and judges.

Take, for example, Civil Litigation Challenges: Excelling in the "Big League," presented by The Rutter Group and the California Judges Association. (Disclosure: The Rutter Group is part of Thomson Reuters, FindLaw's parent company.) This "don't miss" event features not just insightful topics and helpful guidance, but presentations from some of California's best legal minds and a chance to mix and mingle with the state's top judges and attorneys.